January 1, 2013 New DVD Releases
Being Human: The Complete Second Season (2012) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making-of" featurette, behind-the-scenes Vlog, footage of the stars at San Diego Comic Con 2012. (Entertainment One).
Cosmopolis (2012) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, K'Naan, Emily Hampshire, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Philip Nozuka, Abdul Ayoola. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Citizens of Cosmopolis" featurette,commentary with Cronenberg, interviews with the cast and crew. (Entertainment One).
Doctor Zhivago (2003) Keira Knightley, Hans Matheson, Sam Neill. Two-disc set features the complete U.K. broadcast edition. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Acorn Media).
Frontline: Climate of Doubt (2012) Four years ago, the presidential candidates agreed that climate change was a critical issue demanding urgent attention. But that national call to action has disappeared and in the past four years public opinion on the climate issue has cooled. This election cycle, the presidential candidates barely discussed climate change. And new studies find that only about half of Americans believe global warming is caused by human activity. What's behind this dramatic reversal? This documentary describes the individuals and groups behind an organized effort to attack science by undermining scientists, and to unseat politicians who say they believe there is current climate change caused by human activity. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Lillie (1979) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the British period miniseries that vividly captures the complex woman who became one of the most infamous figures of the Victorian age. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Trial & Retribution, Set 6 Two-disc set with the last four feature-length mysteries of the gripping British crime series. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
The Trouble With Bliss (2011) Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Sarah Shahi, Rhea Perlman, Chris Messina, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu. 35-year-old Morris Bliss is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia: He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and perhaps worst of all, the premature death of his mother still lingers and has left him emotionally walled up. When he finds himself wrapped up in an awkward relationship with the sexually precocious, 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor, Morris quickly discovers his static life unraveling and opening up in ways that are long overdue. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
January 8, 2013 New DVD Releases
Anger Management: Season One (2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.97. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Charlie's Baby" new interviews with Charlie Sheen, the cast and the series' creator; "Behind The Couch: Meet Charlie's Patients"; "Anger Mismanagement" gag reel. (Lionsgate).
Best of Widget! (2012) Six episodes plus a special bonus show featuring Wubbzy's pal Widget as he modifies a road racer for the Wuzzleburg Derby, tries to become a ballerina, and invents a solar-powered super-robot. "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" has been a hit with young viewers and families since its 2006 premiere on Nickelodeon, and this DVD is the second in the "Best of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" series. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Compliance (2012) Dreama Walker, Ann Dowd, Pat Healy. When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee for theft, she commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the "officer" at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become. Based on true events. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Director commentary, AXS TV: "A Look at Compliance." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Dallas: The Complete First Season (2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Back in Production" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Dressing Dallas" costume featurette, "Who Shot J.R.?" featurette, "Ewing Family Love Oak" featurette, "Southfork Legacy: Making Dallas Season One" featurette, "Oil and Water: A Family Tradition" featurette, commentary, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Doctor Who: Shada (2012) The Doctor (Fourth Doctor - Tom Baker), Romana and K-9 receive a message from an old friend, a retired Time Lord living as a college professor in Cambridge. He's misplaced an ancient Gallifreyan artifact that could unlock the dark secrets of Shada (lost prison planet of the Time Lords) and unless they find it before the crazed scientist Skagra, every sentient being in the universe is doomed. This digitally re-mastered edition of the legendary unfinished Doctor Who classic story by Douglas Adams ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") includes the 1993 Anniversary Special "More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS," making-of featurette "Taken Out of Time," "Remembering Nicholas Courtney," more. Three-disc set, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Entertainment).
Dredd (2012) Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Rakie Ayola, Jason Cope. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. Extras: "Mega-City Masters": 35 Years of Judge Dredd" featurette, "Day of Chaos: The Visual Effects of Dredd 3D" featurette, "Dredd" featurette, "Dredd's Gear" featurette, "The 3rd Dimension" featurette, "Welcome to Peachtrees" featurette, Dredd motion comic prequel. (Lionsgate).
Enlightened: The Complete First Season (2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.99; Digital Download. Extras: Commentary. (HBO).
Frankenweenie (2012) Dir.: Tim Burton.; Voices of Winona Ryder, Robert Capron, Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Conchata Ferrell, Christopher Lee. Formats: Four-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Frankenweenie" touring exhibit, "Pet Sematary" music video performed by Plain White T's. Blu-ray adds new original short "Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers," "Miniatures In Motion: Bringing Frankenweenie to Life," "Frankenweenie" original live action short. (Disney).
Game Change (2012) Dir.: Jay Roach; Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, Alex Hyde-White, Brittany Underwood, Kevin Bigley, Peter MacNicol, Jamey Sheridan, Sarah Paulson, Ron Livingston. Revisits a defining moment in U.S. politics with a searing, behind-the scenes look at John McCain's beleaguered 2008 presidential campaign, from the decision to select Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a running mate to the ticket's ultimate defeat in the general elections. Winner of five 2012 Emmy Awards. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film examines the chain of events that determines the leadership of the country, ultimately offering a unique glimpse into the inner workings of how we choose our leaders. It pulls back the curtain on the intense human drama surrounding the McCain team, the critical decisions made behind closed doors and how the choice was made to bring Palin on the ticket. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Creating the Candidate": political experts Ed Rollins, Gloria Borger, Karen Tumulty, Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin analyze the unique combination of charisma, endurance and attraction to power needed by those who run for president; "Game Change: The Phenomenon": the creators of the film, authors of the book and political experts discuss the controversy, incredible campaign drama and page-to-screen process of "Game Change." (HBO).
Ghost Trap (2013) When a school project goes terribly wrong in this family friendly mystery, Cynthia Carter finds herself doing community service at mean, old Mrs. Gotham's house, rumored to be haunted. But it takes more than gossip to scare this scientist-in-training and she's determined to get to the bottom of the eerie happenings. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
The Goode Family: The Complete Series (2009) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $22.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries and interviews with cast and crew, unaired scripts, original promos. (Shout! Factory).
Guns, Girls and Gambling (2011) Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Dane Cook, Powers Boothe, Jeff Fahey, Megan Park, Chris Kattan. A priceless Apache war mask has been stolen from an Indian casino causing criminals, frat boys, tomahawk-wielding hit men, modern-day cowboys, Elvis impersonators and a six-foot-tall blonde assassin to rampage through a small desert Nevada town in hopes of claiming the treasure first. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Hit & Run (2012) Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, Joy Bryant, Michael Rosenbaum, Ryan Hansen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: TBA (Universal).
The Hour 2 (2011) Second season of the acclaimed BBC America behind-the-scenes drama and espionage miniseries set in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program. Two-disc set with six episodes. Formats: DVD, $34.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).
House at the End of the Street (2012) Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows, Krista Bridges. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Fox). Blu-ray Extras: "Journey Into Terror: Inside the House at the End of the Street." (Fox).
An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List (2012) Second season of the show in which Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, co-creators of "The Office" and" Extras," help their friend and reluctant traveler Karl Pilkington complete tasks from his bucket list. Two-disc set with eight episodes, $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis Three previously thought lost sexploitation features from Herschell Gordon Lewis, the acclaimed master of exploitation cinema: "Ecstasies of Women" (1969) is a torrid comedy/drama set in the swinging world of late 60s Los Angeles; "Linda and Abilene" (1969) combines the savagery of a classic Hollywood Western with sequences of intense eroticism; "Black Love" (1971) exposes the lovemaking habits of a contemporary black couple through a series of amusing and creative vignettes. All three films have been restored in 2K from their original camera negatives and are being released on home video for the first time. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original theatrical trailers for each film, extensive historical liner notes, special edition lab cards for each film. (Vinegar Syndrome/CAV Distributing).
Love Notes (2007) Laura Leighton, Antonio Cupo. Lifetime Original Movie about a classical music critic who gets pregnant after a brief encounter with a appealing country music star, deeming it an ideal situation for her best friend, who has struggled with fertility, to finally have a baby... until the husband leaves and the pregnant critic has to track down the country star to get him to sign off on putting the child up for adoption. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Midsomer Murders Set 21 Four new, contemporary stand-alone murder mysteries in the regional community of Midsomer; there's a new DCI and a new partner. Formats: Four-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. (Acorn Media).
Monsuno: Destiny (2012) The first DVD collection based on the highly popular Nicktoons animated series; five episodes, $14.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Character bios, behind-the-scenes videos. (Shout! Factory Kids).
Now Is Good (2012) Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine. A young woman (Fanning), after being told she has only a few months to live, decides to fill her remaining days with unexpected adventure, laughter and romance. Based on the romantic best-seller. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Moments: Creating Now Is Good" featurette, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers (2011) Michael Conner Humphreys, Christopher Serrone. The true story of the American Pathfinders, volunteer paratroopers whose deadly mission was to land 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion, locate and mark strategic "drop zones" and set up the top-secret navigation equipment needed to guide the main airborne assault on D-Day. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Inception Media Group).
Red Dwarf X (2012) The most inept band of space travelers ever to roam the interstellar highway return with an all-new season of misadventures. Two-disc set with six episodes. Formats: DVD, $34.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.98. Extras: Commentary, documentary, outtakes, deleted scenes, more. (BBC Entertainment).
Samsara (2012) The world of nature, and mankind's place in, is at the center of "Samsara" (a Sanskrit word meaning "continuous flow," referring to the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), the new feature shot on five continents over five years and created by Ron mooe and Mark Magidson, the makers of the critically acclaimed "Chronos" and "Baraka." This one-of-a-kind look at our world, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the depths of Yosemite Valley and 25 countries in between (photographed in 70mm and transferred to 4K digital projection format), offers mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity that illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planetFormats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Media Group).
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (2012) Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez, Xzibit, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas, Kenneth Miller. Based on true events and framed by real-time footage, this National Geographic Channel feature recounts the dramatic behind-the-scenes decisions that brought the world's most wanted man to justice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
Smash: Season One (2012) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $59.98. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "A Dream Come True" cast featurette, "Song & Dance" music featurette, gag reel. (Universal).
Stone of Destiny (2008) Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Ian Hamilton. The story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who re-ignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2012) Kathryn Flore, Flip Schultz, French Stewart. Found footage parody: Dana's father was sent to a psychiatric hospital after he killed the entire cast of "The Artist" while an exorcism was being performed on him. She continues on with her life, gets married, has kids and moves into the same (haunted) house she grew up in. But now she must battle the demons that haunted her father before her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Fox).
Tiny Toon Adventures Crazy Crew Rescues! (2013) Two-disc set with 17 episodes with the new generation of Looney Tunes characters at Acme Looniversity, $19.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
War of the Dead (2011) Andrew Tiernan, Mark Wingett, Mikko Leppilampi, Jouko Ahola. A platoon of American and Finnish soldiers is driven deep into a Russian forest where its captain discovers a terrifying secret: They're fighting an army of undead Nazi soldiers who can't be killed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Entertainment One).
Who Did I Marry? (2012) Terri J. Vaughn, Thomas Ford. Filmed stage play explore the boundaries of love and marriage when a young wife discovers her husband's infidelity. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Wise Kids (2012) Tyler Ross, Molly Kunz, Allison Torem. Three teenage friends contemplating their next stage of life following graduation: Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer, and gay teen Tim, who draws strength from the support of his PFLAG Dad as he copes with the twists and turns of late adolescence. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Wolfe Video).
January 15, 2013 New DVD Releases
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Mystery. (2011) Twelve episodes from the first season of the Cartoon Network series, $14.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Battle for Brooklyn (2012) Since the start of this NBA season, the cheers of major league sports fans are being heard in Brooklyn for the first time since baseball's Dodgers went West 55 years ago. But not everyone is cheering. The story of the construction of the Barclays Center, a tale of citizens forced out of their homes by wealthy developers and politicians, is now told in this urgent documentary, an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn's historic and densely populated Prospect Heights neighborhood as they face condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. $19.99. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
Being Human: Season 4 (2012) Three-disc set with eight episodes. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes, more. (BBC Entertainment).
Branded (2012) Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Max Von Sydow. Set in a dystopian future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy leads to an epic battle with the hidden forces that control the world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with directors Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain. (Lionsgate).
Crime Story/The Protector Double Feature (1993/1985) Here's twice the action and twice the adrenaline rush with an action-packed double feature starring world renowned martial arts sensation Jackie Chan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Crime Story": Deleted scenes, trailers; "The Protector": "From New York to Hong Kong" interview with director James Glickenhaus, trailers. Blu-ray adds "Crime Story": Interview with director Kirk Wong, deleted scenes, trailers; The Protector: behind-the-scenes featurette, the Jackie Chan cut with additional scenes directed by Chan (Shout! Factory).
Cupid (2012) Joely Fisher, Jamie Kennedy, Roark Critchlow, Rebecca McFarland. A workaholic longing to find her perfect match gets an unexpected visitor at her workplace who tells her that if she can help one couple fall in love before Valentine's Day, her own true love will be revealed. Hallmark Channel original movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Farewell, My Queen (2012) Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media).
Ghost Hunters Academy (2011) Features a group of aspiring ghost hunters fresh from college exploring some of the world's most haunted locations. Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (Image Entertainment).
I Am Bruce Lee (2011) Despite his sudden death in 1973 at the age of 32, legendary icon Bruce Lee continues to influence the world of martial arts, popular culture and entertainment to this day. This acclaimed documentary delves deeper into the compelling saga behind Bruce Lee than ever before and deftly unravels Lee's fascinating life through his own words and visually stunning actions, as well as through the eyes of his family, close friends and luminaries from the world of sports and entertainment. The film also examines Lee's connections to the modern field of Mixed Martial Arts. Among the notable people featured in this film are NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, renowned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, actor Mickey Rourke, actor Ed O'Neill, actress and MMA fighter Gina Carano, multiplatinum recording artist Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC President Dana White, writer and director Reginald Hudlin, boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, MMA fighters Cung Le and Stephan Bonnar, Lee's daughter Shannon Lee and wife Linda Lee Cadwell, legendary martial artists Dan Inosanto, Bob Wall and Gene LeBell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Backyard Training": Bruce Lee's personal films, "Inspiration": Bruce Lee's global impact, "Bruce Lee in Action," theatrical trailer, Bruce Lee's Hollywood audition. (Shout! Factory).
The Intouchables (2012) Omar Sy, Francois Cluzet, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: TBA. (The Weinstein Co.).
The Last Fall (2012) Lance Gross, Matthew A. Cherry, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway. An NFL journeyman struggles to deal with life's complexities after his professional career is over. Formats: DVD, Digital. (One Village Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
Life's Too Short: The Complete First Season (2011) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making of Life's Too Short," deleted scenes and outtakes, behind the scenes featurette. (HBO).
Love Me (2012) Lindsey Shaw, Jamie Johnston, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Kaitlyn Leeb. Teen thriller about a missing 16-year-old high school girl, the rich new boy in town, and a young girl desperately wanting to fall in love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "Stories From the Set." (Anchor Bay).
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination. This fleet and gripping early thriller from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. Besides affirming Hitchcock's brilliance, it gave the brilliant Peter Lorre his first English-speaking role, as a slithery villain. With its tension and gallows humor, it's pure Hitchcock, and it set the tone for films like "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes." New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary featuring film historian Philip Kemp; new interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; "The Illustrated Hitchcock," an extensive interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and film historian William Everson; audio excerpts from filmmaker Francois Truffaut's legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock; restoration demonstration; booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
Merlin: The Complete Fourth Season (2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.98. Extras: Commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, more. (BBC Entertainment).
The Notebook Collector’s Gift Set (2004) Dir.: Nick Cassavetes; Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams,James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud); $49.99. Extras: Gift set comes with a collectible antique golden locket (a consumer value of $12.99), postcard set with scenes from the film, vintage leather-style blank journal with gold edging and ribbon marker with pages designed with watermarked letters and images from the film. (Warner).
The Other Dream Team (2012) The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, andwith help from the Grateful Dead triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics. Documents the Lithuanians' experiences behind the Iron Curtain for 50 years, where elite athletes were subjected to the brutalities of Communist rule. As they hid from KGB agents and feared for their lives, Lithuania's basketball stars always shared a common goal... to utilize their athletic gifts to help free their country. The film features the original members of the 1992 basketball team as well as interviews with American sports figures Bill Walton, Bob Costas and Jim Lampley. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A with co-writer/producer/director Marius A. Markevicius and co-writer/producer Jon Weinbach; commentary with Markevicius and Weinbach. (Lionsgate).
The Possession (2012) Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Grant Show, Madison Davenport, Quinn Lord, Rob LaBelle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet. Extras: Commentary with director Ole Bornedal, commentary with writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, "The Real History of the Dibbuk Box" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Power Rangers Samurai: A Team Divided - Volume 3 (2012) Four episodes, $14.97. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Cast interviews, Power Rangers Dubstep, character gallery. (Lionsgate).
Power Rangers Super Samurai: Rise of the BullZooka - Volume 3 (2012) Four episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Power Rangers Super Samurai," Power Rangers MEGA Flash Mob, weapons gallery. (Lionsgate).
SpongeBob SquarePants: Extreme Kah-Rah-Tay! (2012) Eight episodes of the kids and adults fav, $14.99. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Taken 2 (2012) Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Rade Serbedzija, Leland Orser, Luke Grimes, Jon Gries, D.B. Sweeney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). The Blu-ray includes the unrated and the theatrical cut. Extras: Alternative Ending (20 additional minutes), FX behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds "Black Ops Field Manual and Kill Counter," "Tools of the Trade," deleted and extended scenes. (Fox).
The Tin Drum (1979) Restored director's cut never before seen in the United States. Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. "The Tin Drum," which earned the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Foreign-language film, is a visionary adaptation from Volker Schlondorff of Nobel laureate Gunter Grass's acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire. Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlondorff and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Schlondorff about the making of "The Tin Drum" and the creation of the 2010 restored, complete version; new interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan; German audio recording from 1987 of author Gunter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel "The Tin Drum" with musical accompaniment, illustrated with the corresponding scene from the film; television interview excerpts featuring Schlondorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and co-writer Jean-Claude Carriere reflecting on their experiences making the film; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel. (The Criterion Collection).
To Rome With Love (2012) Dir.: Woody Allen; Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Con Amore: A Passion for Rome" featurette provides a first time glimpse into the secretive world of Woody Allen's filmmaking process, featuring exclusive cast and crew interviews with Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and Greta Gerwig. (Sony).
Twenty-Twelve: The Complete Series (2011-12) A satirical look at the bureaucratic team responsible for delivering the biggest show on earth: the 2012 London Games. Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (BBC Entertainment).
Undercover Bridesmaid (2012) Brooke Burns, Nicole Paggi, Justin Baldoni, Gregory Harrison. When a reluctant bodyguard is hiredto protect a bride-to-be from frightening death threats, she must blend in during the ceremony and reception to uncover the truth behind the suspicious guest list. Hallmark Channel original movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Waking the Dead: Season Seven (2008) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Entertainment).
Won't Back Down (2012) Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Rosie Perez, Holly Hunter, Ving Rhames, Oscar Isaac. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Tribute to Teachers," "The Importance of Education," commentary with director Daniel Barnz. (Fox).
January 22, 2013 New DVD Releases
Abel's Field (2012) Kevin Sorbo, Samuel Davis, Richard Dillard. Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle has been put under enormous pressure to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. When he fights back, he's singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of a reserved groundskeeper, Abel. Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. Formats: DVD. Extras: "From the Sidelines: The Making of Abel's Field." (Sony).
American Experience: The Abolitionists (2013) Documentary on the abolitionists, who tore the nation apart in the 19th century in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Brings to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Birders: The Central Park Effect (2012) A diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives. The film reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds... more than 200 avian species, from hummingbirds and herons to owls and hawks that make regular layovers in Manhattan's grandest park and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of the birds' migration patterns. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Music Box Films).
Deadly Blessing Collector's Edition (1981) Dir.: Wes Craven; Maren Jensen, Susan Buckner, Sharon Stone, Jeff East, Lisa Hartman, Lois Nettleton, Ernest Borgnine. When a former member of a religious cult dies in a mysterious accident in Amish Country, his wife begins to fear for her life and the lives of her friends at the hands of the evil cult and its fanatical leader. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New commentary with Wes Craven, cast interviews, "So It Was Written" screenplay featurette, original trailer and TV spots. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Death Race 3: Inferno (2013) Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Dougray Scott, Tanit Phoenix, Fred Koehler, Robin Shou. The legendary Frankenstein partakes in an unimaginably vicious new competition that pits teams of hardened convicts against each other in a blood-spattered, winner-take-all race through South Africa. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, deleted shots montage, "The Making of Death Race 3: Inferno," feature commentary with director Roel Reine. Blu-ray adds Alternate opening, "Racing for Death" look under the hood and behind the wheel of the mechanical stars, "Art Imitating Life: Goldberg." (Universal).
End of Watch (2012) Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Cody Horn, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Fate with a Badge," "In the Streets," "Women on Watch," "Watch Your Six," "Honors," deleted scenes, commentary with writer/director David Ayer. (Universal).
Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft (2012) Fivel Stewart, Booboo Stewart, Eric Roberts, Vanessa Angel. Fairy tale update has modern-day Hansel and Gretel entering an elite boarding school where they meet up with a coven of witches. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director David DeCoteau and actors Booboo and Fivel Stewart, stills gallery. (Lionsgate).
The Imposter (2012) Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben, Alan Teichman. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi).
Keep the Lights On (2012) Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Miguel Del Toro, Justin Reinsilber. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Ira Sachs, "Making of Keep the Lights On," deleted scenes, teaser trailer, "In Search of Avery Willard," cast audition tapes. (Music Box Films).
The Men Who Built America Three-disc set tells the story of the men who played a significant role in the shaping of this country. From Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Ford, the miniseries looks at how these individuals took a nation decaying from the Civil War into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world has ever seen. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.99. Extras: "From Richer to Richer," "The American Dream," "Monopoly," "Competitive Nature," "The Every Man," "The Rise of Cornelius Vanderbilt," "Traits of a Titan" featurettes. (Lionsgate).
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2011) Encore channel documentary examines the career of one of the nuttiest and most innovative comedic minds of all time. From his early days on the road with vaudevillian parents, to his amazing rise to fame with partner Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis has lived an amazing life and has become one of the most influential people in the world of cinema and silliness. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Anchor Bay).
The Nest (1988) Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois, Franc Luz, Terri Treas, Stephen Davies. Cockroaches overrun the quiet town of North Port when an innocent experiment conducted by the nearby INTEC Corporation go terribly wrong, making ordinary roaches turn into creatures with a taste for blood. Worse, the roaches are genetically mutating... literally becoming whatever they eat. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Officer Down (2012) Stephen Dorff, James Woods, Stephen Lang, Dominic Purcell, AnnaLynne McCord, Walton Goggins, David Boreanaz, Soulja Boy. A dirty cop, shot in a drug bust gone wrong and saved by a stranger, gets a second chance to clean up his life. When the stranger finally comes forward, seeking revenge against the men responsible for a string of assaults on young women at a local strip club, the cop must go rogue to find the attacker in an effort to hide how his own past played a part in these crimes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Scarecrow & Mrs. King: The Complete Fourth & Final Season (1986-87) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Documentary on the greatest 70s rock icon who never was. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez, two featurettes: "An Evening With Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez," which features the director and Rodriguez participating in fan Q&A; and "Making Sugar Man," which provides a deeper into the filmmakers' process. (Sony).
Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea (2012) Brothers and wildlife explorers Martin and Chris Kratt go under the sea in two new episodes filled with humor, excitement and a whole lot of science: The Kratts head to the most populated and diverse habitat on Earth... the coral reef, in "Blowfish Blowout." Then they decode the secret language of dolphins, among the smartest creatures on Earth, in "Speaking Dolphinese." Formats: DVD, $9.99. (PBS Distribution).
January 22, 2013 New DVD Releases
The Awakening (2012) Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu, John Shrapnel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: TBA. (Cohen Media Group/Universal).
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 (2013) A DC Universe original animated movie. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Blu-ray Extras: featurettes, three bonus cartoons, digital comic. (Studio).
Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection Warner Bros. celebrates its 90th anniversary with this limited and numbered collection of the studio's best films. With two new documentaries, "Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot" and "The Warner Bros. Lot Tour," on 55 discs presented in book style premium packaging. Formats: DVD, $597.92. (Warner).
Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray Collection Warner Bros. celebrates its 90th anniversary with this limited and numbered collection of the studio's best films. With two new documentaries,"Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot" and "The Warner Bros. Lot Tour," on 52 discs presented in book style premium packaging. Formats: Blu-ray, $597.92. (Warner).
The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Best Pictures A 20-film collection commemorating the studio's 90th anniversary. Formats: DVD, $98.92. (Warner).
Cherry Tree Lane (2010) Rachael Blake, Tom Kane, Tom Butcher, Jumayn Hunter. A couple is terrorized by a gang who is hunting their son in this creepy home invasion horror-thriller. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (Image Entertainment).
The Cold Light of Day (2012) Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Echegui, Jim Piddock, Joseph Mawle, Caroline Goodall, Rafi Gavron, Emma Hamilton, Colm Meaney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Downton Abbey: Season 3 (2012) Three-disc set with all eight episodes, in U.K. order, plus the 2012 Christmas Special finale. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: TBA. (PBS Distribution).
Femmes Fatales: Season One (2011) Cinemax "After Dark" anthology series about powerful, appealing and dangerous women, inspired by and styled in the tradition of pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels. Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, deleted and alternate scenes, "making of" featurette, more. (Entertainment One).
Hotel Transylvania (2012) Voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Goodnight Mr. Foot" mini-movie; three Deleted scenes; "Problem (Monster Remix)" music video by Becky G featuring will.i.am; commentary with director Genndy Tartakovsky, producer Michelle Murdocca and visual effects supervisor Daniel Kramer. Blu-ray adds two featurettes: "Meet the Staff and Guests: Voicing Hotel Transylvania" and "Making the Hotel"; three progression reels. (Sony).
The Liability (2013) Tim Roth, Jack O'Connell, Talulah Riley, Kierston Wareing, Peter Mullan. When 19-year-old Adam agrees to do a day's driving for his mum's dodgy boyfriend Peter, it takes him on a 24-hour journey into a nightmarish world of murder, sex trafficking and revenge, in the company of aging hit man Roy. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Lionsgate).
Misfits: Season Two (2012) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode, "Shooting Misfits" featurettes, bonus scenes. (BBC Entertainment).
Seven Psychopaths (2012) Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Six featurettes: "Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths," "Crazy Locations," "Woody Harrelson is Charlie," "Colin Farrell is Marty," "Layersvideo mash-up of the film set to a rap beat, "Seven Psychocats" re-made trailer featuring a cast of seven "psycho-cats" in which the cast is replaced by cats. (Sony).